72 Hours in Paris
A perk of Jake’s job with L’Oreal is that we can usually count on a yearly trip to Paris. Most of the time I stay home but this time, a bit of shopping, wine, cheese, charcuterie and pain au chocolate were in order. Plus, since we are not able to visit NYC this holiday, I was happy to see my close friend Heidi who happens to work with Jake as well as our friends Owen and Scott.
We only had a few days but we maximized eating and shopping our way through Paris! Below are some of our favorites.
Food: Nothing compares to Parisian food. Two of the standouts of this trip were Le Rubis and Chez Paul. Le Rubis, an amazing lunch spot conveniently located in the Saint-Honore shopping district (steps from chic Collette) offers perfect French cuisine and a bustling bar atmosphere. We had an amazing terrine, stuffed cabbage and sausage with potatoes. Wines by the bottle were not too expensive and well curated. Chez Paul is a go to for a traditional French dinner – check the steak for two with bone marrow (picture 4)! Both these recommendations are courtesy of David Lebovitz’s blog. Drinks at Prescription Cocktail Club were also divine and worth the wait.
French Trotters – Brooklyn-style duds crammed into a two-story shop – everywhere you look is something stylish and unique including a brand that I had forgotten about – WANT Les Essentials de la Vie – gorgeous travel bags in organic cotton and leather.
Collette – a French staple for trendy of-the-moment fashions – great sunglasses and jewelry with a beauty bar on the upper level and café below
Rapetto – Parisian chic flats in every color and material imaginable. They even have a “design your own” option – hundreds of colors to choose from
Isabel Marant – A visit to the Paris flagship is a must but styles often go quickly. They had an amazing blazer but sold out in my size
Vintage Therapy – Hunting for classic French brands is one of the highlights of Paris shopping. There are many good stores stocking everything from purses to jewelry and gently used clothing. I visited two, Les 3 Marches de Catherine B and 25 Janvier – both offer a great selection. It’s impossible to leave empty handed.
Stay: We stayed at boutique Hotel Therese known for its affordability and central location
C’est une bonne weekened!